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Lismore Community Preselection in full swing

The Lismore Community Preselection is well underway with our candidate for Lismore candidate to be decided upon on the 18th of November.

Austin Curtin, macadamia farmer from Tregeagle, Andrew Gordon, a Lismore real-estate agent and Peter Petty, farmer and straight-talking Mayor from Tenterfield have all thrown their hats in the ring and have been busy campaigning across the Northern Rivers and Tablelands.

With long-serving member Thomas George retiring, every person registered to vote in the Lismore electorate will have the chance to have their say on the 18th of November as to who our Nationals candidate will be for the 2019 State Election.

Earlier in the year, members of the Lismore State Electoral Council chose to adopt the Community Preselection method and three candidates where voted from a field of six to proceed to the community vote.

Ever since our three candidates, Austin Curtin, Andrew Gordon and Peter Petty, have been campaigning across the Northern NSW electorate of Lismore and putting forward their case as to why the public should vote for them.

The Community Preselection process is about engaging with the locals and allowing them to be a part of the preselection process. It gives the community an opportunity to have their say on who they believe will best represent them and requires candidates to earn the respect and support of the public before proceeding to the actual election.

Much like a normal election, our candidates are erecting garden signs, producing written material, creating Facebook pages, doorknocking and attending community events and meet the candidate forums.  

Locals will be able to vote at one of six polling places on November 18, located at Bonalbo, Lismore, Goonellabah, Kyogle, Murwillumbah and Tenterfield.

The Nationals made history back in 2010 by being the first party in Australian history to run an open preselection where anyone enrolled in the electorate could vote to determine who our candidate would be for the seat of Tamworth in the 2011 election.

Over 4,000 people turned out to vote and the successful candidate, Kevin Anderson, has been the local candidate since 2011.  

For more information on our candidates, the Community Preselection process, or where you can vote, head to

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